NEW ORLEANS — As the city of New Orleans reels from the deadly effects of COVID-19, the virus has put a stranglehold on the city’s tourism industry.Since the onslaught of COVID-19, organizers have had to cancel or reschedule dozens of large-scale events that attract more than a million people to the city every year. The most notable including the cancellation of the Essence Music Festival in July — where superstars such as Janet Jackson, Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae were all scheduled to perform — as well as the cancellation of the New Orleans Jazz Festival this month where Lionel Richie, Lizzo and the Foo Fighters were booked to perform live sets to the delight of thousands of attendees.That has all disappeared — at least this year. Organizers for the beloved festivals, which attract upward of half a million people each to the city, had tried to hold out and postpone the events until later in the year. But ultimately the virus had its way and forced organizers to scrap their plans and begin looking ahead to 2021.CORONAVIRUS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOWThe potential loss for New Orleans could be significant. According to state and city leaders, both the Jazz Festival and Essence Festival


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